Purifying Flame Inquisitor Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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About the Author

Furty has been playing Path of Exile since the release of the Onslaught League in 2013, and has a deep and diverse well of experience within the game. Equally comfortable playing on Hardcore, Softcore, and Solo-Self Found Leagues, Furty finished the Betrayal League at Rank 186 on the ladder playing Elemental Hit. You can follow him on Twitter, or check out his occasional streams on Twitch.

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Introduction

Purifying Flame Purifying Flame is a relatively new addition to Path of Exile, and was first introduced in Patch 3.6.0 Synthesis League. A rather unique gem in the sea of other skills, Purifying Flame incorporates several different mechanics into each cast. First, it deals damage in a line, before exploding at the targeted location, dealing damage and creating Consecrated Ground. An even larger shockwave of damage then explodes outwards from the targeted location, hitting everything on the Consecrated Ground. If you are not clear on what Consecrated Ground does, it is a mechanic that increases the chance of Critical Strikes against enemies standing on it by a hefty 100%, and it also increases the Life Regeneration of you and allies while standing in its effects.

Overall, the fresh feel of this skill makes it a joy to play. Not only is it straightforward and satisfying, it functions very well on a slim budget, and can achieve several million Shaper DPS (2-5m, depending on gear) without dropping multiple Exalted Orb Exalted Orbs. Perhaps best of all, it is a great build for players of all skill levels, and feels familiar in the hands of first-time exiles and grizzled veterans alike. A great leveling skill in its own right, Purifying Flame Purifying Flame can be acquired at the very beginning of the game, allowing you to build up comfort with the mechanics and playstyle the build offers. Do not be concerned, however, as this build has the heft and damage to carry you all the way through the end-game.

Build Assessment

Pros

+ Fantastic league starter
+ High damage, 4m+ Shaper DPS in end-game gear
+ Lots of Life Regeneration (20%+ max health per second, not including Consecrated Ground)
+ Good defenses (Mind Over Matter, 10k Effective Health Pool, Life Leech)
+ Great in the hands of first-time novice players and veterans alike; very easy to play
+ Good clear speed
+ Solid lab farmer

Cons

Certain map affixes are problematic (No Regeneration, Elemental Reflect)
Delving becomes difficult after Depth ~400
Not as “fast” as the top tier clear speed builds

Playstyle and Build Mechanics

This build clears quickly and efficiently, and Purifying Flame Purifying Flame‘s Unique mechanics allow it to function as both a clearing and bossing skill without any loss in damage. With well over 15% of Maximum Life regenerated per second with the benefits of Consecrated Ground, the feel of this build is one of stability and consistency. Damage from most enemies is immediately healed away without concern, which is also ideal when the running the Labyrinth, or beast-crafting in your menagerie. This cushion allows the player to make a few mistakes without getting punished, and run through traps and Punctures with reckless abandon.

Since this build can also apply Ignite reliably, we gain a fair amount of burning damage on top of Purifying Flame Purifying Flame‘s stellar initial salvo. For clearing this can be a great asset, mopping up any monsters that survive the first hit to eliminate any backtracking. Clearing with this build is extremely easy and straightforward, as all of our damage comes from Purifying Flame, and requires no special ordering or timing of skills, gem swaps, or aura rotations. When dealing with bosses, our high damage output assures relatively quick kills and the ability to melt any adds that may attempt to join the fray, such as the Elder’s portals.

Defensively, there are several ways to build your Inquisitor in order to ensure your stability in the end-game. Life Regeneration fulfills the core of our defenses, but in order to level past 93 without issues, we need to surround ourselves with several more layers of defense. Mind Over Matter combined with Eldritch Battery is a viable option that still allows us to run several auras off of Mana, but requires a little extra gear and some extra Passive Points to properly facilitate. With the prime defensive positioning of Templar on the Passive Skill Tree, a nice helping of Increased Maximum Life and Flat Life can be acquired with little deviation from our desired path. Altogether, this results in a nicely rounded exile that can easily reach 10k Effective Health, all while maintaining extremely high damage and Critical Strike.

Due to the range and large Area of Effect of this build, particularly when using Carcass Jack Carcass Jack, you should try to remain at mid-range from your enemies. While we do have fairly potent Effective Health and Regeneration, part of this build’s strength is its ability to destroy things from a safe distance and reposition as necessary. As with most builds in Path of Exile, the best defense is proper movement and positioning.

Passive Skill Tree

This is our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.

This version of the build is the most complete, offering both superb damage and a well-rounded phalanx of defenses. While the build can be comfortably played without Mind Over Matter, the risk of random one-shots — from Syndicate members, heavily modded Rares, and so on — in Tier 16 maps and Delves starts to become too pressing to ignore. For that reason, we recommend sacrificing a small amount of damage in order to provide a significant increase in stability. This addition also makes this a great a build for Hardcore, especially for newer players attempting Hardcore for the first time.

If you want to proceed without Mind Over Matter, you have a few options in how you might allocate the nodes you can drop. Force Shaper can be nice to round the build out once everything else is filled out, and the additional Jewel socket adjacent to Constitution’s “wheel of life” is also a tasty acquisition if you can spare the points.

You may also opt to sacrifice more damage for Life and/or Regeneration, all of which is available if you proceed downwards from Sanctity, into the nodes surrounding the Marauder’s starting wheel.

Gems

Purifying Flame Purifying Flame is our main skill for damage in all situations, and fits in to the only 6-Link we will incorporate into the build. Our damage is supported by the Zealotry Zealotry and Herald of Ash Herald of Ash auras, both of which boost our damage by a fair margin, and the latter of which facilitates ignite-chains that clean up enemies that avoid the main blast in an instant. Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction and Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness debuff tankier targets with debuffs that further empower our damage against them, which can be a noticeable boost when dealing with bosses like the Uber Elder. Armageddon Brand Armageddon Brand and Power Charge On Critical Support Power Charge On Critical Support also team up to provide us with a little bit of extra damage and some Power Charges for similar situations.

Purifying Flame Purifying Flame 6-Link

Intensify Support Intensify Support can also be replaced with Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support, however, this results in both a damage loss and an Area of Effect loss. It does, however, free you from some of the restrictions of Intensify, which requires you to cast in place sequentially to gain its full power. Fire Penetration Support Fire Penetration Support can also be employed as the next best gem after Concentrated Effect and offers less restrictions on clear and targeting, however, we feel the damage difference is too great — almost a million DPS when weighed against Intensify Support Intensify Support in end-game gear. Most of the disadvantages of Intensify are dealt with by Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support, which is why we recommend it as our default choice.

  1. Purifying Flame Purifying Flame
  2. Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support
  3. Combustion Support Combustion Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  6. Intensify Support Intensify Support

Auras 4-Link

If you want to enable Righteous Fire Righteous Fire for this build, you will need to replace Discipline Discipline with Vitality Vitality. We believe this is unnecessary, since our damage is already quite good and it nulls the benefits of the Life Regeneration as a defense, however, it does at about 1 million DPS in end-game gear. If you are using Mind Over Matter without Eldritch Battery, or not using either, you can drop Discipline entirely.

  1. Zealotry Zealotry
  2. Herald of Ash Herald of Ash
  3. Vaal Discipline Vaal Discipline
  4. Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire

Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support 4-Link

If you prefer to use a higher level golem, you may opt to level it to 20 instead. In our experience, however, having the automatic re-summon is usually best, as it results in the highest uptime, and the Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem has a tendency to die often due to its taunt.

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support (Level 10)
  2. Immortal Call Immortal Call (Level 12)
  3. Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness (Level 13)
  4. Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem (Level 12)

Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark can also be used for greater defense, especially early on. It is largely a choice between defense and damage — the endurance charges will also provide you with extended Physical and Elemental damage reduction due to Immortal Call Immortal Call. Since Warlord’s no longer provides leech from spells, however, it is not as effective as in previous patches. If you are using a Shaped neck that has % Chance to Gain a Power, Endurance, or Frenzy Charge on Kill, this curse is not necessary even for defense. Drop the curse from this link entirely, in favor of Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support, if you are using Mark of Submission Mark of Submission.

Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction and Mobility 4-Link

  1. Flame Dash Flame Dash
  2. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support (Level 5)
  3. Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction
  4. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support

Power Charge On Critical Support Power Charge On Critical Support 3-Link

This is only to be used for bosses, to generate Power Charges and put out a smidgen of extra damage.

  1. Armageddon Brand Armageddon Brand
  2. Power Charge On Critical Support Power Charge On Critical Support
  3. Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support

You can opt to replace Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support with a gem of your own choosing, such as Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support if your Critical Strike is low. Culling Strike feels especially nice on bosses like Aul, the Crystal King or Uber Elder, however, due to its ability to instantly end the boss when it reaches 10% Life.

Defensive 3-Link

These links are mostly Player’s Preference, however, we have provided two example links that could be used depending on your weapons and preference.

This link is another Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support link, and automatically slows the Attack, Cast, and Movement speed of your foes. You may need to lower the level of Cold Snap Cold Snap, depending on how much Dexterity you have.

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support (Level 5)
  2. Cold Snap Cold Snap (Level 10)
  3. Bonechill Support Bonechill Support

This next link is a little more “advanced”, as it requires you to manually activate Fortify Support Fortify Support and alternate between movement skills as needed, in order to also procure Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support if you are not casting Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction.

  1. Leap Slam Leap Slam
  2. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  3. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon

Ascendancy

Ascendancy

  1. Sanctuary
  2. Pious Path
  3. Augury of Penitence
  4. Righteous Providence

Additional Information

Sanctuary is best taken immediately, especially if you are League Starter, as it eliminates all of your Mana problems and ensures you have your Life Regeneration from Consecrated Ground whenever you are not moving, which is great for early bosses. The damage increase is a nice boost in the late-game, but perhaps most importantly, this node gate-keeps the way to Pious Path.

Pious Path provides immunity to Elemental Ailments, which frees up a lot of Flasks and is a great overall defensive boost. 200 Energy Shield regeneration per second while on Consecrated Ground also enables Eldritch Battery to be an easy solution to the Mind Over Matter Mana problem, which grants us the ability to run all of our Auras without issue. Finally, the damage boost is significant, and pairs perfectly with Intensify Support Intensify Support.

Augury of Penitence is a simple analog damage increase, as well as a defensive boost against Elemental Damage.

Righteous Providence provides an exceptional amount of damage once you have the gear to support it. It can and should be taken third over Augury if you are not League Starting and already have end-game level gear.

Deal with the Bandits Reward

We recommend helping Alira to start out, as the Resistances when League Starting are invaluable and the Multiplier feeds into our damage perfectly. Late-game, however, we can squeeze a little more out of the 2 Passive Points.

Pantheon Bonus

Pantheon is largely a matter of personal preference and depends somewhat on what gear you have available.

Major Gods

Soul of Arakaali is a great choice for nearly any situation, and the upgrades for it are perfect for the build — in particular, the Life and Energy shield regeneration are an excellent complement.
Soul of Solaris is the best choice for bossing and Uber Elder when fully upgraded.
Soul of the Brine King is a good choice for general mapping, to prevent Stun Chains, if this is something that your exile is struggling with.

Minor Gods

Soul of Shakari is the best overall option for most situations, with an upgrade that eliminates Poison as a map affix entirely.

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items strike a balance between power and cost-effectiveness. If you want to explore more options for budget or “GG” gear, see recommendations about Jewels or Flasks, or get more information on alternatives and specialty items, please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels, and Flasks section in its entirety.

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Carcass Jack Carcass Jack
Gloves Fingerless Silk Gloves Fingerless Silk Gloves
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Leather Belt Leather Belt or Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Ring 1 Gifts from Above Gifts from Above
Ring 2 Rare or Mark of Submission Mark of Submission (see Rings)
Weapon Shaped Sambar Sceptre Sambar Sceptre
Shield* Magna Eclipsis Magna Eclipsis

*See Weapons section for more information on Dual-Wielding versus using a Shield.

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks

Armor

Chest

Carcass Jack Carcass Jack is our default pick for our chest piece. Not only is it a reasonably cheap acquisition, even on League Start, but it offers a huge increase to Area of Effect and damage, which feeds into Purifying Flame Purifying Flame perfectly. Not only does the added Area of Effect speed up our clear, it also boosts the size of the Consecrated Ground left behind on impact. Finally, the nice combination of Life, Evasion and Energy Shield, and Elemental Resistances add a nice defensive trinity that makes this chest hard to argue with for its price.

Loreweave Loreweave is a great option for the end-game, but is only worth using over Carcass Jack Carcass Jack if you can afford a high-tier roll. This chest is particularly good for bossing, such as Uber Elder and Shaper, where the added Area bonus of the Carcass Jack is not much of a boon. The additional maximum Resistances also help minimize the chance of a one-shot death to big Elemental “rogue-wave” style attacks.

Helmet

The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem is the best overall choice, as it allows us to run all of our auras in our helmet for a greatly reduced cost, as well as providing Eldritch Battery innately and voiding the need for an additional 2 Passive Point investment. Energy Shield recharge chance on skill use is also a great bonus, and helps ensure we are not running dry on Energy Shield from Mind Over Matter. It can vary wildly in price, depending on the league and the availability, and enchants are not always as easy to spot, which is one unfortunate downside.

A Rare helmet will also be a perfectly acceptable alternative, although you will not be able to run all three auras at once. You can opt to run Vitality Vitality instead of Discipline Discipline in the meantime — depending on your Energy Shield rating, it might be difficult to sustain Mind Over Matter. If this is the case, you can drop Eldritch Battery and Mind Over Matter for the time being, run Vitality, and rely on the large pool of Life Regeneration as your primary defense. If you are using Spiritual Aid on the tree and are not running Discipline or Mind Over Matter, you should use a Bone Helmet Bone Helmet for the damage. Prioritize the stats as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. Nearby Enemies have -9% to Fire Resistance (Delve)
  4. Dexterity/Strength/Intelligence

Recommended Enchantments:

  • Purifying Flame deals 40% increased Damage
  • If you are using the Spiritual Aid node on the tree without Mind Over Matter, you should use the Bone Helmet Bone Helmet implicit instead

Gloves

A pair of Fingerless Silk Gloves Fingerless Silk Gloves is the best option, due to their damage implicit. Prioritize stats as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. Gems Supported by Level # Faster Casting / % Increased Cast Speed (Shaped)
  4. % Increased Energy Shield
  5. +# to Maximum Energy Shield

Boots

A pair of Rare boots is a great choice, and can be used throughout the entire end-game. If you need more of a buffer for Mind Over Matter, look for an Energy Shield base. An ideal choice is an Armor/Energy Shield hybrid, such as one of Two-Toned Boots Two-Toned Boots bases.

  1. % Increased Movement Speed (25+)
  2. [Uncapped] Resistances
  3. +# to Maximum Life
  4. Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Increased Duration / % Increased Skill Effect Duration (Elder)

Recommended Enchantments:

  • Damage Penetrates 10% of Enemy Elemental Resistances if you Haven’t Killed Recently

If you are using Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots for Uber Elder you could also opt to have the 16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you’ve Killed Recently on your mapping/clearing boots.

Weapons and Shield

Shaped Weapons

Dual-Wielding Shaped Sceptres are far and away the best option for damage, as well as the end-game. The amount of extra damage you will gain actually has a direct defensive benefit, as your damage output will at least double using these. Enough damage to quickly deal with the phases of bosses like Uber Elder makes the fight far easier and more survivable.

The Sambar Sceptre Sambar Sceptre is the best base for our build. Good Shaped Weapons can be easily crafted and for very cheap price (only ~3 Exalted Orb Exalted Orbs per weapon) compared to buying them off of another player, which will cost five times as much. Having Shaped weapons is not necessary to make the build work effectively, but once you are up and running and have some excess currency to spend, these weapons are likely going to be the best possible use of wealth.

Here is an example pair of Sceptres crafted for about 6.5 Exalted Orb Exalted Orbs total.

Build Link

You will need to purchase the base item (An Item Level 80+ Shaped Sambar Sceptre, or other base of your choice) to get started.

  1. Make the Sceptre Magic quality
  2. Use Orb of Alteration Orb of Alterations on it until you get the Gain % of Physical Damage as Bonus Fire Damage mod. This is easiest to craft if you find this mod alone, so do not use an Orb of Augmentation Orb of Augmentation if this happens. If the item has a Suffix, it should be a high tier roll of Critical Strike Chance for Spells, Increased Cast Speed, Global Critical Strike Multiplier, or Damage Penetrates % of Elemental Resistances (9-10% only).
  3. Use a Regal Orb Regal Orb on the Sceptre.

The prefix or suffix from the Regal Orb Regal Orb must be one of the following in order to proceed, and it should be of a moderate or high tier:

  • Gain % of Physical Damage as Extra Lightning Damage
  • % Increased Spell Damage
  • % Increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
  • % Increased Cast Speed
  • % Increased Fire Damage
  • Adds # Fire Damage to Spells
  • % Increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier

If it is not one of the above stats, use an Orb of Annulment Orb of Annulment on the item. If Gain % of Physical Damage as Bonus Fire Damage is annulled, you will have to start over using an Orb of Scouring Orb of Scouring.

After you have a Rare Sceptre with either Gain % of Physical Damage as Bonus Fire Damage by itself, or with 1-2 nicely rolled damage mods, depending on how the above steps played out, proceed to craft Can Have Multiple Crafted Mods onto your Sceptre, then craft these mods:

  • % Increased Spell Damage
  • % Increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
  • % Increased Cast Speed
  • Adds # Fire Damage to Spells

If you have any questions about stats or other recommended stats to craft, please feel free to ask in the comments section below! Congratulations, your weapons are now complete.

League Starting and Budget Weapons

Cerberus Limb Cerberus Limb is a great blend of damage, defense, and economy — even relatively early in the league, this can be obtained extremely cheaply. Playing with the Spell Vampirism feels very smooth, and adds even more incoming Life per second on top of our already excellent Regeneration. This is a great first pickup if you do not have much currency to spare.

Doryani's Catalyst Doryani's Catalyst is relatively inexpensive and can be acquired early. Like Cerberus Limb Cerberus Limb, it provides good damage and leech.

Shield

Shields are best used when you are still in relatively inexpensive gear, to bolster your defenses.

Lioneye's Remorse Lioneye's Remorse has a huge Maximum Life roll, solid all-round defenses, and 30% block, which allows you to activate the leech on Cerberus Limb Cerberus Limb.

Magna Eclipsis Magna Eclipsis is a cheap and potent option for defending against Elemental damage, and is an especially good option for Hardcore.

Saffell's Frame Saffell's Frame is the best option if you are planning on running Righteous Fire Righteous Fire at all times.

Accessories

Amulet

A Rare amulet is the best choice here, as it offers the most flexibility and damage. Xoph's Blood Xoph's Blood is completely unnecessary for these build due to the proximity of Avatar of Fire, and is actually quite a noticeable damage loss compared with even a moderately well rolled Rare. Try to find Resistances on other items as much as possible in order to budget for damage on this piece. Prioritize affixes as follows:

  1. +# to Maximum Life
  2. Gain % of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage (Elder)
  3. % Increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  4. % Increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  5. % Chance to Gain a Power, Endurance, or Frenzy Charge on Kill (Shaped)
  6. % Increased Fire Damage
  7. % Increased Spell Damage
  8. % of Fire Damage Leeched as Life (only if you have no source of Life Leech already)
  9. Resistances
  10. Attributes (Strength or Dexterity)

Rings

Gifts from Above Gifts from Above is a no-brainer for this build, do to our virtually permanent Consecrated Ground. It is very cheap and should be one of your first acquisitions on this character.

Mark of Submission Mark of Submission is usually a relatively budget pickup, and can be an option early in the league in order to apply your curse of choice without relying on any other mechanics.

A Rare ring should replace Mark of Submission Mark of Submission as soon as you are able to afford a decently rolled one. Prioritize as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. Curse Enemies with Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark on Hit (Elder — only if you want to use Warlord’s Mark as your curse)
  4. % Increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier (Elder)
  5. % Increased Global Critical Strike Chance (Shaped)
  6. % Increased Fire Damage
  7. Adds # Fire Damage Against Ignited Enemies (Elder)
  8. % Increased Damage (Crafted)
  9. Attributes (Strength or Dexterity)

Belt

A Leather Belt Leather Belt is the best base, but only if you can get an Elder version with the correct affix. This is due to the % Increased Life Regeneration Rate affix, which acts a multiplier for your Life Regeneration. If you cannot afford the Elder belt — which can be very expensive due to its prolific use in Life Regeneration and Righteous Fire Righteous Fire builds — you should instead use a Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise.

  1. % Increased Life Regeneration Rate (Elder)
  2. [Uncapped] Resistances
  3. +# to Maximum Life
  4. % Increased Fire Damage (Delve)
  5. % Increased Damage
  6. Dexterity

Jewels

Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye Options

As with most builds that use classic Auras, a Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye is going to be your best bet in the late-game. This is not necessary at all for the build and was excluded from any of the damage stats and calculations, simply because it will not be a realistic acquisition for many players.

Prioritize Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye mods as follows:

  • % increased Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground while affected by Zealotry
  • Consecrated Ground you create while affected by Zealotry causes enemies to take % increased Damage
  • % increased Cast Speed while affected by Zealotry

Abyss Jewels

In most cases, the use of Abyss Jewels is preferred over standard Jewels.

  1. +# to Maximum Health
  2. Adds Fire Damage to Spells while Dual-Wielding OR while Holding a Shield (depending on what your weapons are)
  3. Adds Fire Damage to Spells
  4. Adds Physical Damage to Spells while Dual-Wielding OR while Holding a Shield (depending on what your weapons are)
  5. % to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  6. % to Global Critical Strike Chance

Flasks

Flasks can be swapped out as your preference suits. Fortunately, we have Elemental Ailment immunity from Pious Path, which means we have some extra wiggle room with how we budget our Flask suffixes. Our recommended Flasks:

  • Chemist’s Basalt Flask of Staunching/Warding
  • The Wise Oak The Wise Oak (Fire must be your highest Resistance, or they must be evenly balanced)
  • Cinderswallow Urn Cinderswallow Urn
  • Experimenter’s Diamond Flask of the Order/Warding
  • Alchemist’s Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline

Use Seething Divine Life Flask of Staunching when you are starting early mapping. Once you feel comfortably with your defenses, and your Life Regeneration is sufficient, you may decide to swap it out. Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise can also be used as a cheap and effective means of increasing Damage slightly and bolstering leech.

You can only have three out of four of these suffixes with this setup:

  • Staunching
  • Order
  • Warding
  • Adrenaline

You will have to decide for yourself which suffixes you can live without; for example, some players find playing without a curse flask to be acceptable and they avoid maps with Temporal Chains Temporal Chains. Our preference is to always play with a Curse Immunity flask, as curses result in a significant number of unexpected player deaths. For maximum survivability, drop the of Order suffix in favor of of Warding. For the best general damage setup, drop the of Staunching suffix and rely on your Life Regeneration to sustain through bleeds.

Be sure to check out our Flask Crafting Guide to learn everything you need to know about how to set up your non-Unique flasks.

Uber Elder

Leveling

As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

You can acquire Purifying Flame Purifying Flame immediately in Act I. Link it with Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support and Onslaught Support Onslaught Support for now, and add in Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support and Combustion Support Combustion Support as soon as possible.

Make sure you pick up Flame Dash Flame Dash in Act I to help with mobility. Once you have your appropriate links for Purifying Flame Purifying Flame, you can move your Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support to this link instead. Add in Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support in Act II.

Herald of Ash Herald of Ash should be acquired in Act II along with the Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support gem.

In Act III, you can grab Zealotry Zealotry and Intensify Support Intensify Support.

If you are using a Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa, once you acquire Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support in Act IV, your Purifying Flame Purifying Flame links should look like this for the rest of the leveling process:

  1. Purifying Flame Purifying Flame
  2. Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support
  3. Combustion Support Combustion Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  6. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

Make sure you are leveling up Intensify Support Intensify Support as well. You should acquire the secondary gems, such as Armageddon Brand Armageddon Brand, while you are leveling and level them up as needed.

Leveling Trees

52 Points / Normal Lab

87 Points / Cruel Lab

FAQ

How About Bottled Faith Bottled Faith?

Bottled Faith Bottled Faith is an excellent flask for this build, however, it does require you to drop another Flask suffix if you want to incorporate it into your regular clear. See the flask section for more information.

How About Low-Life / Chaos Innoculation?

This build is absolutely doable as a fully Energy Shield build, and can even be better in many cases. Be aware, however, that this is far less friendly towards newer players and far more expensive to execute. If you are League Starting, you will definitely want to start out as a Life based character until you have amassed a good amount of currency.

If you have questions on how to adapt this build to Chaos Innoculation or Low-Life, please ask in the comments.

Is Pledge of Hands Pledge of Hands a viable option?

Yes, you can use Pledge of Hands Pledge of Hands early on to supplement your damage, however, since there are several cheap and effect 1-handed options we do not recommend investing currency into properly linking this staff.

Changelog
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    Updated for Patch 3.8 Blight League.

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    Updated for Patch 3.7 Legion: Skill Trees, Gear Recommendations, Gem Recommendations, and more.

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    Build added.

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    Really enjoying your guide – just started mapping with it as my first POE character. Still need to buy a necklace and flasks. If you have any thoughts on whether I’m missing anything important so far, let me know! https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/kojoten/characters

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    On 15/06/2019 at 3:34 PM, kelengrad said

    Really enjoying your guide – just started mapping with it as my first POE character. Still need to buy a necklace and flasks. If you have any thoughts on whether I’m missing anything important so far, let me know! https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/kojoten/characters

    I have to say, for your first PoE character, that is actually looking very sweet! The Purifying Flame Inquisitor is a beast, as you have no doubt learned. I don’t know how far in the end-game you got, but that character can shred the Shaper, Elder, and even Uber Elder apart.

    I don’t see anything missing, except that quite a few of your items could be better, but I’m sure you know that (your belt in particular has a bad life roll, your neck is horrid, your head could be better). In particular, a helm with a Purifying Flame deals 40% increased damage would be a good upgrade – you can find some that aren’t that expensive, or you could get a cheap one, scour it and craft it yourself (Scouring keeps the head enchant).

    Aside from that, just don’t forget to use Flame Dash or Wave of Conviction often enough to keep up the Arcane Surge buff!

    Good luck!

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    Thanks a ton, both for the reply and all of the effort put in to this guide. Definitely on budget gear right now – but working on it! Made upgrades to the necklace and flasks today, and will check out the helm situation.

    Do you have any advice for a gap-filler 6 link until I can either afford to buy or fuse a carcass jack? The cheapest way to get a 6 link jack seems to be buying it at 5 ex, but I’m a very long way away from that.

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    So, I’ve started playing POE Legion and decided to use this build (it feels a lot like a better version of the ancestral call/smite/holy relic abomination I built for myself when I first stated playing). I’ve tried to play with my friends a couple of times in the past but always bounced off. I think that’s because I didn’t put in the work to understand all the game mechanics so everything felt very confusing and arbitrary. I’m loving it this time though, this game has so much complexity when you start looking at it, and we’re only in act 2.

    Anyway, on to my question. I am confused why the build devotes so much attention to critical strike, to the point it goes halfway around the passive tree to get assassination, but then puts focused destruction on its main damage skill. That feels really anti-synergy. Is it a case of getting enough critical strike to offset the support? If so, wouldn’t it be better to either accept you won’t crit and use those passive points on other things (going south down to Arsonist and Magmatic Strike looks like something this build would appreciate), or else build for crits and use some other support? I’m just trying to understand the reasoning here since I’m new and want to learn what makes a character good.

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    On 16/06/2019 at 12:59 PM, dementedwombat said

    So, I’ve started playing POE Legion and decided to use this build (it feels a lot like a better version of the ancestral call/smite/holy relic abomination I built for myself when I first stated playing). I’ve tried to play with my friends a couple of times in the past but always bounced off. I think that’s because I didn’t put in the work to understand all the game mechanics so everything felt very confusing and arbitrary. I’m loving it this time though, this game has so much complexity when you start looking at it, and we’re only in act 2.

    Anyway, on to my question. I am confused why the build devotes so much attention to critical strike, to the point it goes halfway around the passive tree to get assassination, but then puts focused destruction on its main damage skill. That feels really anti-synergy. Is it a case of getting enough critical strike to offset the support? If so, wouldn’t it be better to either accept you won’t crit and use those passive points on other things (going south down to Arsonist and Magmatic Strike looks like something this build would appreciate), or else build for crits and use some other support? I’m just trying to understand the reasoning here since I’m new and want to learn what makes a character good.

    Hey! Furty, the guide’s creator, will no doubt answer you, but until he does, I can give you my take.

    I suspect the reason is, as you guessed, that you get so much Crit that you offset the downside of the support (it does not prevent you from ever critting – it’s just a decrease that can be overcome with more crit). I think the math/theorycrafting works out such that even spending crit to offset the downside still makes the other bonuses of that gem bring an overall net DPS gain (or perhaps even the best DPS gain out of all the possible gem options for that socket).

    This game is indeed very complex (and without meaning to be condescending, if you’re in Act 2 and enjoy the game’s complexity, you’re going to love it in the end-game), and sometimes there are so many different interactions working together that it’s impossible to tell what’s best just by looking at a skill. This is where tools like Path of Building come in handy.

    Anyway, I’m glad you’re enjoying the guide and the game, and please don’t hesitate to ask about anything you may wish to know!

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    On 16/06/2019 at 2:03 AM, kelengrad said

    Thanks a ton, both for the reply and all of the effort put in to this guide. Definitely on budget gear right now – but working on it! Made upgrades to the necklace and flasks today, and will check out the helm situation.

    Do you have any advice for a gap-filler 6 link until I can either afford to buy or fuse a carcass jack? The cheapest way to get a 6 link jack seems to be buying it at 5 ex, but I’m a very long way away from that.

    The only real “filler” 6-Link is the Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa — other items tend to be multiple Exalted Orb Exalted Orbs. This isn’t due to the item cost, but the Orb of Fusing Orb of Fusing investment required to actually 6-Link the item. In most cases, it is cheaper to link items yourself.

  7. Furty

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    On 16/06/2019 at 12:59 PM, dementedwombat said

    So, I’ve started playing POE Legion and decided to use this build (it feels a lot like a better version of the ancestral call/smite/holy relic abomination I built for myself when I first stated playing). I’ve tried to play with my friends a couple of times in the past but always bounced off. I think that’s because I didn’t put in the work to understand all the game mechanics so everything felt very confusing and arbitrary. I’m loving it this time though, this game has so much complexity when you start looking at it, and we’re only in act 2.

    Anyway, on to my question. I am confused why the build devotes so much attention to critical strike, to the point it goes halfway around the passive tree to get assassination, but then puts focused destruction on its main damage skill. That feels really anti-synergy. Is it a case of getting enough critical strike to offset the support? If so, wouldn’t it be better to either accept you won’t crit and use those passive points on other things (going south down to Arsonist and Magmatic Strike looks like something this build would appreciate), or else build for crits and use some other support? I’m just trying to understand the reasoning here since I’m new and want to learn what makes a character good.

    Vlad has explained it pretty well — Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support is obscenely strong — but you should also note that by using a Diamond Flask you are essentially able to crit cap yourself regardless, or very close, which nullifies any disadvantage you might experience. Many crit builds use Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support due to its effectiveness.

    I would also note that “going halfway around the tree for assassination” is a little bit hyperbolic. There is no point after Arcanist’s Dominion near the Witch starting area where you are going more than 2 +10 stat nodes without snapping up a valuable wheel or notable, and all of these produce pretty exceptional damage returns.

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    Hello i loved this guild!!!

    is mi first character and i really have mana problems!

    help me!

    https://pastebin.com/J7hDaECM

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    On 25/06/2019 at 11:51 PM, Pablore said

    Hello i loved this guild!!!

    is mi first character and i really have mana problems!

    help me!

    https://pastebin.com/J7hDaECM

    It’s a lot easier to sustain once you get The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem and can take Eldritch Battery. Good use of Cinderswallow Urn Cinderswallow Urn helps a lot on clearing, as well. Make sure you put a point into Quick Recovery, and maybe consider puttint two (temporary) points into Deep Thoughts.

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    On 26/06/2019 at 8:08 AM, Furty said

    On 25/06/2019 at 11:51 PM, Pablore said

    Hello i loved this guild!!!

    is mi first character and i really have mana problems!

    help me!

    https://pastebin.com/J7hDaECM

    It’s a lot easier to sustain once you get The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem and can take Eldritch Battery. Good use of Cinderswallow Urn Cinderswallow Urn helps a lot on clearing, as well. Make sure you put a point into Quick Recovery, and maybe consider puttint two (temporary) points into Deep Thoughts.

    thank you right now I’m going to try it
    the Eldritch Battery. does not nullify the effect of arcane surge?

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    On 26/06/2019 at 9:48 PM, Pablore said

    On 26/06/2019 at 8:08 AM, Furty said

    On 25/06/2019 at 11:51 PM, Pablore said

    Hello i loved this guild!!!

    is mi first character and i really have mana problems!

    help me!

    https://pastebin.com/J7hDaECM

    It’s a lot easier to sustain once you get The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem and can take Eldritch Battery. Good use of Cinderswallow Urn Cinderswallow Urn helps a lot on clearing, as well. Make sure you put a point into Quick Recovery, and maybe consider puttint two (temporary) points into Deep Thoughts.

    thank you right now I’m going to try it
    the Eldritch Battery. does not nullify the effect of arcane surge?

    Yes, it does. Drop Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support and replace it with Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support, or turn it into a 3-Link and make your Armageddon Brand Armageddon Brand your new 4-Link with a support of your choice (Combustion Support Combustion Support for a little extra damage).

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    ok ok!

    this was what I did

    Helmet (devourin diadem) zealotry-herald of ash-righteus fire- and change increased duration for anger (sry
    I do not know how to link in chat)

    and gloves : take out arcane surge and replace for increased duration

    mi inglish isnt good, sry

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    On 27/06/2019 at 7:22 PM, Pablore said

    ok ok!

    this was what I did

    Helmet (devourin diadem) zealotry-herald of ash-righteus fire- and change increased duration for anger (sry
    I do not know how to link in chat)

    and gloves : take out arcane surge and replace for increased duration

    mi inglish isnt good, sry

    Awesome, let me know how it works out for you, or if you need any tips!

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    On 27/06/2019 at 9:29 PM, Furty said

    On 27/06/2019 at 7:22 PM, Pablore said

    ok ok!

    this was what I did

    Helmet (devourin diadem) zealotry-herald of ash-righteus fire- and change increased duration for anger (sry
    I do not know how to link in chat)

    and gloves : take out arcane surge and replace for increased duration

    mi inglish isnt good, sry

    Awesome, let me know how it works out for you, or if you need any tips!

    if it really worked for me, my mana problems were over, my dps has increased
    I lost a bit of cast speed due to arcane surge but I prefer it like that
    in fact right now I’m having an energy shield that I’ll try to change for armor items
    I would only see how it works later in the game since I am not full of items
    First of all thank you very much for answering my doubts.

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    My pleasure, good to hear things are falling properly into place.

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    Absolutely great guide – really goes in depth – a person like me returning.. this is just the medicine!

    I’ve spend some time trying to craft the weapons but no luck yet – still need to do a bit of leg work there – but otherwise it feels like I am pretty far away from the “top” dps mentioned in this post.

    sitting at around 155k, aura’s on – no flasks, and about 4,6k health which is fine considering i left alot of life nodes out.

    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/MrSabras/characters

    Look for RedHatLegion

    Any help would be greatly appriciated – Thanks!

    Edited by redhat on July 8th, 2019

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    On 08/07/2019 at 12:11 AM, redhat said

    Absolutely great guide – really goes in depth – a person like me returning.. this is just the medicine!

    I’ve spend some time trying to craft the weapons but no luck yet – still need to do a bit of leg work there – but otherwise it feels like I am pretty far away from the “top” dps mentioned in this post.

    sitting at around 155k, aura’s on – no flasks, and about 4,6k health which is fine considering i left alot of life nodes out.

    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/MrSabras/characters

    Look for RedHatLegion

    Any help would be greatly appriciated – Thanks!

    You could probably start using Eldritch Battery since you have all the required items. I’d also drop the Mace notables in the upper left as well as Wicked Ward, and pick up Arcane Potency and Assassination instead to continue stacking up that crit. You’ll also want to grab a Diamond Flask Diamond Flask as soon as possible (drop a Life flask) and possibly upgrade your other Life Flask to a Divine Life Flask Divine Life Flask for more lifesaving potential. You don’t need an of Heat flask because of the Pious Path Ascendancy keystone, and speaking of Ascendancy, get that Uber Lab done right away because Righteous Providence is enormous!

    That’s about all I’ve got at a quick glance. Your gear is a solid starting place and other than weapons you don’t need any urgent upgrades that I can see aside from Flasks. Let me know if you need anything else!

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    Hey again
    I seem to have some serious survivability issues.
    Damage does seem to be good tho, but I tend to get oneshot quite often. Trash is easy to plow thru but bosses not so much – even with movement etc. I even run with a shield from time to time.
    Slowely thinking about canning him and go with something else soon – i POB’ed my toon as of 27.07.19 latest update.
    https://pastebin.com/vDffZ4Xj

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    On 26/07/2019 at 11:35 PM, redhat said

    Hey again
    I seem to have some serious survivability issues.
    Damage does seem to be good tho, but I tend to get oneshot quite often. Trash is easy to plow thru but bosses not so much – even with movement etc. I even run with a shield from time to time.
    Slowely thinking about canning him and go with something else soon – i POB’ed my toon as of 27.07.19 latest update.
    https://pastebin.com/vDffZ4Xj

    On 26/07/2019 at 11:35 PM, redhat said

    Hey again
    I seem to have some serious survivability issues.
    Damage does seem to be good tho, but I tend to get oneshot quite often. Trash is easy to plow thru but bosses not so much – even with movement etc. I even run with a shield from time to time.
    Slowely thinking about canning him and go with something else soon – i POB’ed my toon as of 27.07.19 latest update.
    https://pastebin.com/vDffZ4Xj

    Any particular reason you have a +10 strength node? I recommend taking the +30 strength node instead (Physique) so you’re at least getting some extra health out of that one point investment.

    Drop Spiritual Aid and nodes leading up to it. You have a wasted point by Holy Dominion and Light of Divinity (only one Elemental Damage minor node is needed to connect). Get Avatar of Fire immediately. Drop the extra point in Crit after Assassination, unless you want to grab the Blood Siphon notable, which could also be nice for you and solve your Strength problem!

    For more damage, look at picking up Snowforged as your next investment. I’d get Fire Walker after that since it’s a decent notable and an easy 2-point pickup.

    Not sure what’s going on with your Flask setup in POB, but it says you’re running two Granite flasks (Lion's Roar Lion's Roar and Rumi's Concoction Rumi's Concoction) and a white Diamond flask, as well as a non-instant Divine Life Flask. If you’re going to run a Life flask at all, I highly recommend rolling a Seething of Staunching Divine. If you do not want an instant Life flask, use an Eternal Life Flask Eternal Life Flask instead with the Catalysed prefix. In general I would stick to the recommended Flask setup and swap out Bottled Faith Bottled Faith or Cinderswallow Urn Cinderswallow Urn (although I would take urn if I had to choose one) if you want to run the Life flask.

    I’d also chuck a few Divine Orb Divine Orbs at your Carcass Jack Carcass Jack. The Life roll is basically bottom of the table, as is the area bonus, so you could look to spruce that up. If you improve your Jewels to 45+ health each and make the other changes you’ll be up to around 6k Life, which is pretty great with MoM on top of it. Plus, you should gain a ton of damage, too.

    Make sure you are running Discipline Discipline now that you have The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem. I’d consider putting points towards the Foresight and/or Unnatural Calm notables to give you a bigger Energy Shield buffer, if you like.

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    Loved this Build in Legion, any chance you will be updating it for Blight?

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